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We offer educational and training programs in Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis for certified yoga teachers and licensed healthcare professionals who provide care for individuals living with MS.  

We also offer programs for individuals living with MS including "Living Well With MS" as well as local adaptive yoga classes in a number of states around the country.  This website offers a directory of certified yoga teachers who have completed TAYMS18 or TAYMS50.

18 hour training
50 hour training
15 Years!

18 hour training:

TAYMS18 is an 18 hour introductory training program for certified Yoga Teachers who are committed to offering adaptive Yoga to students who have multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that causes damage to the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord and can affect the whole body, mind and spirit. The effects of this disease are highly variable, ranging from mild symptoms to severe disability. The focus of this program includes an understanding of multiple sclerosis, common symptoms and their effects on the body, mind and spirit, and the many ways that the eight-fold path of yoga can reduce symptoms and improve movement, health, and feelings of well-being. This training includes individual and group experiential components, lecture and discussion.  This program serves as an introduction to TAYMS50.

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50 hour training:

TAYMS50 is an in-depth 6 day program that begins with the 18 hour introduction and continues through the week. Participants in the extended training have multiple opportunities to work in small groups and one on one with individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis is an experiential workshop designed to give experienced yoga teachers and health care professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students or students in group settings who have multiple sclerosis and other neurological health conditions. Founded on the Integrative Yoga Therapy model of whole person wellness, this program includes practical information for yoga teachers as well as a model for integrating yoga philosophy into practices for body, mind and spirit.

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Celebrating 15 Years of TAYMS:

Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis is evolving.  Since its conception in 2003, the goal has always been to expand opportunities for yoga and wellness for people have challenges from this particular disease as well as other similar conditions.  What was once a one-day program has evolved into 2 programs – an 18 hour, 2 and ½ day intensive and a 50 hour, 6 and ½ day in-depth program with opportunities for hands-on practices with students are diagnosed with MS.

In June 2003, the Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored the first Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Teacher Training presented by Karen O'Donnell Clarke and Lynette Coleman of the NMSS. This one-day training was attended by 22 yoga teachers. Since then, the training has grown into a packed two-day program that includes a community education workshop for people who have multiple sclerosis and their families. During this 2-hour workshop, people who have MS learn about the healing path of yoga and share their challenges and experiences with yoga teachers.

After so many years of developing this program, I am now collaborating with MINDSET Fitness and Yoga in Fort Worth, Texas for this hands on training experience.  Participants will be training alongside members of the MINDSET community who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and practice TAYMS Adaptive Yoga.  What better way to learn than with people who live with this condition every day?

We are combining both trainings together.  Choose the 18-hour intensive or stay for the week TAYMS50 and develop your understanding and skills alongside individuals living with MS and their MINDSET training professionals. 

Since 2003, TAYMS has been hosted by local chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and independent yoga studios over 25 times with more than 350 participating yoga teachers from throughout the United States. These teachers, who share a strong belief in the health and healing aspects of yoga, are committed to offering therapeutic and adaptive yoga to students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The future is bright for people who have MS and teachers who are expanding their practices to include students who need a nontraditional approach to yoga. 

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"Excellent training. I thought this training was very well thought out.  I loved how we learned about MS symptoms, nervous system and other systems of the body.  The Koshas,  chakras, whole person wellness, mudras, pranayama, yoga practices . There was so much more but I especially enjoyed being treated to a Yoga Nidra each day! Thank you Karen for putting your heart and soul into this training!"
~ Terry Olsen

"I think that the training as a whole has really developed.  There was so much more in this training than in the one I took (in 2006.)  I’ve been to some good workshops and some great workshops and this was up there with the best.  You are authentic in your passion and bring humor into what could be and is a very serious topic.  You remind us of the humanness of our students and that each of them should be treated as individuals.  Thank you for that gift."  
~ Laurie Bruce

"Karen, your workshop was incredibly empowering! Your knowledge and your spirit shone through and your generosity in sharing with us was unsurpassed.  You were extremely organized and seemed to anticipate our every need and question. Thank you for sharing your story and your experience.

Demonstrating your initial meeting with a student on Saturday was very powerful and the workshop on Sunday was incredible! I was a little nervous, because I hate those occasions of being “put on the spot,” but the experience proved to be invaluable.  I had the pleasure of working with the male caregiver who seemed not to want to be there. After the session, he seemed to have totally been sold on the benefits of yoga and spoke about how enlightening the experience was for him. Completely unexpected!!! How wonderful!

Again, thank you so much. You are doing incredible work and I very much valued having the opportunity to be your student. I hope to work with you again in the future!"  ~ ML 

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